West Seattle Summer Fest countdown: Meet ‘Seymour History’

July 8, 2014 at 4:07 pm | In West Seattle festivals, West Seattle history, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Three days until West Seattle Summer Fest – our area’s biggest party of the year, in the heart of The Junction, Friday-Sunday, July 11th-13th. We’re continuing to roll out previews of what you can see and do, and today we have an update from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, which will have a booth at the fair to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the “high bridge,” partnering with Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor). SWSHS’s Clay Eals sends word that in honor of another anniversary – the state’s 125th birthday – you can “meet” Seymour History at the booth. That’s Seymour at left; he is a 10-inch-high doll replica of an Olympic Marmot, the state’s official land mammal, available for photo ops at the booth, where you can also enter a contest to win him or other prizes including two “History Is Not for Wimps” T-shirts, the book “Washington Curiosities,” and four guest passes to the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. If you stop by the booth 11 am-3 pm on Summer Fest day 1 this Friday, you’ll also meet staffers from the Washington State Historical Society; other hours, SWSHS volunteers will do double duty as Seymour’s handlers, while also leading the bridge-a-versary activities including an interactive art opportunity and more chances to buy commemorative T-shirts and coffee beans. Get ready for everything Summer Fest has to offer by browsing the official site here.

2 Comments

  1. Who is the artist who created Seymour, The Marmot?

    Comment by Karen Lyons — 8:37 am July 9, 2014 #

  2. The plush version of Seymour was purchased from Hansa and the concept for his as our mascot was a collaborative creation between our Director, Jennifer Kilmer, and myself. We have a “flat” version of Seymour that is a more cartoon-like illustration, and the artist who created that is graphic designer Kevin Jacobs. I am Seymour’s “handler” and together, our Community Outreach Specialist and I make up Seymour’s entourage. All the coolest marmots have one. ;-)

    Comment by Kim Ketcham, Marketing & Communications Director at WSHS — 12:41 pm July 10, 2014 #

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